Song of the Day: Shocking Blue, “Venus”

Mariska Veres, lead singer for the Dutch band Shocking Blue, was born on this day in 1947. They were part of a movement called Nederbeat, music by Dutch bands, and are considered a prime example along with Golden Earring. They had a number of Top Ten hits in Europe, but their only hit in the US was “Venus,” which reached #1 in 1970 and was a Top Ten hit in much of Europe.

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Shocking Blue, “Venus”

  1. I love this band John… they had many other songs that were great as well but over here just wasn’t played. I have a post about them coming up. I’m a fan of them.


      1. There are a few songs like “Mighty Joe” (love the guitar) and Never Marry a Railroad Man that are very good. It’s a shame they didn’t have more hits here.


  2. This is a great song. Came out during my first year in college. I heard the song often and liked it a lot, but never heard any of their other music as far as I can remember.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. They were a big name in Europe, particularly The Netherlands, but they only had the one Top 40 song here. Might be worth spending some time on YouTube and hearing what else they got…


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